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Auction of FM Translator Construction Permits Scheduled for June 21, 2018; Notification of Filing Requirements, Minimum Opening Bids, Upfront Payments, and Other Procedures for Auction 83

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission summarizes the procedures and announces upfront payments amounts and minimum opening bids for the auction of FM translator construction permits (Auction 83). The document summarized here is intended to familiarize applicants with the procedures and other requirements for participation in the auction.

Streamlined Reauthorization Procedures for Assigned or Transferred Television Satellite Stations; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes to streamline the process for reauthorizing television satellite stations when they are assigned or transferred in combination with their previously approved parent station. This document continues the Commission's efforts to modernize its regulations and reduce unnecessary requirements that can impede competition and innovation in the media marketplace.

Elimination of Obligation To File Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397) Under Section 73.2080(f)(2)

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 00:00
This document corrects the preamble to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2018 regarding the EEO Broadcast Mid-Term Report. The comment periods in the DATES section of the proposed rule published on March 21, 2018, inaccurately reflected a 60-day comment period and 90-day reply comment period, instead of the 30-day comment, 45-day reply comment deadline stated in the proposed rule. Any comments made before this correction is published will be considered.

Maintenance of Copies of FCC Rules

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) eliminates rules that require certain broadcast and cable entities to maintain paper copies of the Commission's regulations. As set forth below, we conclude that eliminating these requirements, which apply to low power TV, TV and FM translators, TV and FM booster stations, cable television relay station (CARS) licensees, and certain cable operators, will advance the Commission's goal of reducing outdated regulations and unnecessary regulatory burdens that can impede competition and innovation in media markets.

Petitions for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking Proceeding

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 00:00
Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding by Rick Chessen, on behalf of NCTA--The Internet & Television Association (``NCTA'') and Michael Nilsson, on behalf of American Television Alliance (ATVA).

2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the request for the information collection requirements contained in the Commission's 2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review Second Report and Order, FCC 16-107. This document is consistent with the Second Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of these rules.

Elimination of Obligation To File Broadcast Mid-Term Report (Form 397)

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) proposes to eliminate the rules requiring certain broadcast television and radio stations to file Form 397, the EEO Broadcast Mid-Term Report. This proposal will continue the Commission's efforts to modernize regulations and reduce unnecessary requirements that no longer serve the public interest.

Revitalization of the AM Radio Service

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, information collection requirements adopted in the Commission's Third Report and Order, FCC 17-119. This document is consistent with the Third Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of the rules.

Consumer Disclosure and Labeling; Promoting Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00
In this document the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of Engineering and Technology of the Federal Communications Commission adopt specific language for the consumer disclosures which the Commission adopted in 2015 and which concern the operation of wireless microphone (licensed or unlicensed) or video assist devices capable of operating in the 600 MHz service frequency band. With the close of the incentive auction on April 13, 2017, the 600 MHz service band has been reallocated for new wireless services, and wireless microphones and video assist devices must cease operations in this band no later than July 13, 2020 to avoid harmful interference to new wireless services. This disclosure requirement, including the specific Consumer Alert language, applies to persons who manufacture, sell, lease, or offer for sale or lease, wireless microphones or video assist devices authorized pursuant to and informs consumers of the changes that will affect their use of these devices in the newly established 600 MHz service band.

Promoting Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection associated with the Commission's Promoting Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations, Order (Order)'s Consumer Disclosure and Labeling rules, adopted in 2017. This document is consistent with the Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of those rules.

Radio Broadcasting Services; Desert Hills, Arizona

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:00
This document requests comments on a petition for rulemaking filed by L. Topaz Enterprises, Inc. (Petitioner), proposing to amend the FM Table of Allotments by allotting Channel 292A at Desert Hills, Arizona, as a second local service. Petitioner states that the proposed allotment will provide additional diversity and an outlet for local residents. A staff engineering analysis indicates that Channel 292A can be allotted to Desert Hills consistent with the minimum distance separation requirements of the Commission's rules. The reference coordinates are 34-32-58 NL and 114-22-2 WL with no site restriction.

Petition for Partial Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking Proceeding

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 00:00
A Petition for Partial Reconsideration (Petition) has been filed in the Commission's rulemaking proceeding by Dan J. Alpert, on behalf of DA LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.

Filing of Contracts; Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) seeks comment on whether and how to modernize the Commission's rules, which requires each licensee or permittee of a commercial and noncommercial AM, FM, television, or international broadcast station to file certain contracts and other documents with the Commission within 30 days after execution. This document continues the Commission's efforts to modernize its regulations and reduce unnecessary requirements that can impede competition and innovation in the media marketplace.

Auction of Cross-Service FM Translator Construction Permits Scheduled for May 15, 2018; Comment Sought on Competitive Bidding Procedures for Auction 99

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:00
The Wireless Telecommunications and Media Bureaus (the Bureaus) announce an auction of certain cross-service FM translator construction permits. This document also seeks comment on competitive bidding procedures and proposed minimum opening bids for Auction 99.

Deletion of Rules Made Obsolete by the Digital Television Transition

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) eliminates rules that have been made obsolete by the digital television transition.

Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) authorizes television broadcasters to use the ``Next Generation'' broadcast television (Next Gen TV) transmission standard, also called ``ATSC 3.0'' or ``3.0,'' on a voluntary, market-driven basis. This authorization is subject to broadcasters continuing to deliver current-generation digital television (DTV) service, using the ATSC 1.0 transmission standard, also called ``ATSC 1.0'' or ``1.0,'' to their viewers.

Auction of FM Translator Construction Permits Scheduled for June 21, 2018; Comment Sought on Competitive Bidding Procedures for Auction 83

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:00
In this document, the Wireless Telecommunications and Media Bureaus (the Bureaus) announce an auction of certain FM translator construction permits. This document also seeks comment on competitive bidding procedures and proposed minimum opening bids for Auction 83.

National Television Multiple Ownership Rule

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 00:00
This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) initiates a comprehensive review of the national television audience reach cap, including the UHF discount used by broadcasters to determine compliance with the cap. The national cap limits entities from owning or controlling television stations that, together, reach more than 39 percent of the television households in the country. The NPRM asks questions about whether a cap is still needed and what public interest goals it would promote, where the cap should be set if still needed, and how compliance with the cap should be calculated, including the question of whether the UHF discount should be eliminated. The Notice also invites comment on the Commission's legal authority to take such actions.

Petitions for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking Proceeding

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 00:00
Petitions for Reconsideration & Clarification (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking proceeding by Jeff Chalmers, on behalf of American Messaging Services, LLC; David Alban, on behalf of Sensus USA Inc. and Sensus Spectrum LLC; Kenneth E. Hardman, on behalf of Critical Messaging Association and Mark E. Crosby, on behalf of Enterprise Wireless Alliance.

Rules and Policies To Promote New Entry and Ownership Diversity in the Broadcasting Services

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:00
This document solicits comment on how to design and implement an incubator program to support the entry of new and diverse voices in the broadcast industry. It seeks comment on the structure, review, and oversight of such a program in order to help create new sources of financial, technical, operational, and managerial support for eligible broadcasters, thereby creating ownership opportunities for new entrants and small businesses and promoting competition and new voices in the broadcast industry.

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